On August 1, 1999, Polly Letofsky left her home in Vail, Colorado, and headed west. She traveled across 4 continents, 22 countries, and over 14,000 miles — by foot — and has since become the only woman to walk around the world.
As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, survivors and well-wishers around the world came out to walk with her. Every day strangers welcomed her into their homes and shared meals. Across four continents she had dinner conversations with poets, politicians, country singers, olive growers, pig farmers and the female bomb maker in Australia. The world had embraced her.
But in the middle of Polly’s five-year journey, the world suddenly shifted on its axis when September 11 flung us all into a crossroads in world history. Polly suddenly found herself embedded in a vastly changing world and realized she could never retrace her steps home–they’d vanished in a tide of world events. She quickly changed her strut for the next leg through an Islamic Asia, India, the Middle East, and a simmering Europe.
Polly’s GlobalWalk has been featured in over 2,000 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations around the world including Good Housekeeping, CNN International, The CBS Early Show, NBC’s Your Total Health, and Fine Living Channel’s Radical Sabbatical.
A natural storyteller, since her return, Polly has been enthralling groups around the country. To rapt audiences she richly details her journey with humor and honest reflection, the good times and the hardships.
Sometimes serious, sometimes funny, always inspirational, Polly’s program personifies the spirit of commitment and perseverance that will compel you to follow the road to your wildest dreams — one step at a time.
Travels from: Denver, Colorado